An Extract from Exotic Aliens – The Lion and Cheetah in India

An astounding postulation by Valmik Thapar – that both lions and cheetahs may have been imported from Africa and might never have been native to India – throws consternation into the ranks of conservation historians. This ‘teaser’ merely states the postulation.

Corporation 2020 – Transforming Business For Tomorrow’s World

December 2012: Reviewed by Bittu Sahgal, Editor, Sanctuary Asia: “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford.

Pavan Sukhdev, Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory, who is helping corporates and governments to come to terms with business in an era of climate change, reveals all by starting his introduction with…

The Secrets Of Wild Assam

December 2012: Reviewed by Ayesha Bapasola, Editorial Assistant, Sanctuary Asia:  Anwaruddin Choudhury’s most recent publication, The Secrets of Wild Assam, nicely ties up the themes of his prior books on the mammals, birds, and specific wildlife reserves of the lush northeast Indian state of Assam.

Nhava & Sheva – Battling For The Environment: Oil, Ports And The Coastline

December 2012: Reviewed by Bittu Sahgal, Editor, Sanctuary Asia:  Shyam Chainani was my friend. He was also one of those who taught me how to fight battles effectively, without in any way getting personal, unpleasant or despondent about friends and compatriots who did not live up to expectation.

Churning the Earth: The Making of a Global India

October 2012: Aseem Shrivastava and Ashish Kothari have put together a critique of an extremely flawed economic developmental model that has been driven by powerful forces for over a century, from John Maynard Keynes to Dr. Manmohan Singh. It deals as much with human nature as with economics. And, while human nature has remained relatively unchanged over the centuries, the magnified, collateral damage…

Threatened Birds Of India

August 2012: Threatened Birds of India, Author Asad Rahmani
Published by Oxford University Press, Hardcover, XVI + 864 pages, Price: 3,000/-

A Forest History Of India

June 2012: The book is an academic account of forest and land use patterns in colonial times, then post-Independence India, until the 1990s. The differing claims of local communities and administrations that not merely ignored the rights of forest dwellers and peasants, but rode roughshod over them, are laid bare in this book. Today’s conservationists and social activists should read…

The Folded Earth

June 2012: A narrative account of our times set in the Himalaya, the story revolves around the trauma suffered by Maya, a teacher-writer whose escape into the natural haven of Ranikhet is threatened by administrators who do not share the same love and concern for nature. A well-written fictionalised account of real-life experiences being faced by thousands across a changing subcontinent.

A Pictorial Guide To Non-Human Primates Of India

June 2012: With a foreword by Jane Goodall and condensed information supported by colour plates, the book is a welcome addition to the natural history archives of India.

My Kumaon, Uncollected Writings

June 2012: This is a treasure trove of unpublished letters, diary notes and articles written for newspapers. It’s a must-buy for anyone who admires this legendary hunter-conservationist.

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